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Maureen Hearns, MA, SCMT, MT-BC is the director of music therapy at Utah State University,
having received this appointment in 2005. Professor Hearns holds Bachelor’s degrees
in Music Therapy (Utah State University), Music Theory and Composition, and Biological
Sciences (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). She earned a Master of Arts in Diverse
Education from the University of Phoenix, and is currently completing a doctoral degree
in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. Her doctoral study
investigates the phenomenon of vicarious traumatization.
Following a clinical internship in music therapy at Twin Valley Forensic Behavioral Health Unit in Columbus, Ohio, and prior to her appointment at USU, Professor Hearns worked as a privately contracted music therapist providing services to Utah State Hospital (Provo, UT), Silverado Alzheimer Residential Center in Salt Lake City, and private clients. In 2012 Professor Hearns completed training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. She has also completed trainings in Neurologic Music Therapy and REMO Health Rhythms. Professor Hearns’ research has been focused on investigating the efficacy of music therapy and other creative arts interventions with women survivors of domestic violence.
In addition to her duties and responsibilities at USU, Professor Hearns currently serves as a board member on the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Association of Music and Imagery (AMI). She has served as president of AMI and the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association (WRAMTA). Through her career, Professor Hearns has held various elected and appointed positions in professional organizations of music therapy.
A group recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Professor Hearns rendered over twenty years of service with the prestigious Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Prior to entering the field of music therapy as a board certified music therapist, she was a public educator in junior and senior high schools in Provo, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada, for over twenty-one years. Professor Hearns enjoys almost any outdoor activity, especially hiking, and spending quality time with her friends and four-legged buddies.